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ATL vs PHO Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Basketball Tips, Starting Five, Team Details, 9 September

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The WNBA regular season is going to be wrapped up soon and thus the playoff picture will get clearer by each game now with two spots still for the taking. In this game, a struggling Atlanta Dream takes on an on-song Phoenix Mercury.  More information about ATL vs PHO Dream11 will be imparted here.

ATL vs PHO Dream11 Prediction

Dream: Atlanta was on an eleven-game losing streak before they won against Wings in the last match-up. They are the second-worst defensive team in the league and allow 85.3 PPG while being the worst three-point defending team allowing teams to shoot 39%. Despite the struggles, Dream is the second-best two-point shooting team and also second in offensive rebounds so it is the defense that has caused a 7-20 record for the Dream. Atlanta has wonderful scorers like Hayes and Williams but they have fallen short on the defensive end big time.

Mercury: Mercury is a deep team. They beat the Fever in the last game despite the Western Player of the Week Skylar Diggins-Smith going for just 4 points. This exemplifies their depth as Brittney Griner sets up an inside game so well that it allows the shooters to have more space to operate. Not only that but when you have shot creators like Taurasi and Diggins-Smith, there are a lot of opportunities on offense for players like Kia Nurse, Shay Peddy, and Turner. Mercury holds oppositions at 41.1% from the field which is league-best indicating that they are a terrific defensive team. Phoenix has the second-slowest pace at 76.9 but their half-court game includes intelligent players like Taurasi, Griner, Nurse, Turner, and Diggins-Smith, more than making up for the slower style of play. Teams must be scared of facing such a team in the Playoffs setup where the pace gets slower.

ATL vs PHO Dream Match Details

Host: Atlanta Dream
Visitors: Phoenix Mercury
Match Timing: 9 September 2021, @ 04:30 AM
Venue: Gateway Center Arena

ATL vs PHO Dream Court Details

The match will be played at Indiana Fever’s home court Gateway Center Arena.

ATL vs PHO Dream11 Team Prediction:

Atlanta Dream | Phoenix Suns

Games: 27| 28
Wins: 07 | 18
Defeats: 20 | 10

ATL vs PHO Dream11 fantasy lineup(based on current form and stats):

PG: S Peddy
SG: S Diggins-Smith(PP), S Cunningham, A McDonald
SF: K Nurse, T Hayes
PF: M Billings
C:   B Griner(SP)

Atlanta Dream 2021 Captain

At least one of the players between Tiffany Hayes and Monique Billings deserves a spot in the Fantasy team.

Phoenix Mercury 2021 Captain

Britney Griner is a double-double threat and one of the candidates for Super-Player in the Dream11 Fantasy Basketball Match.

ATL vs PHO Top Picks

*Points, Rebounds, and Assists from last game*
Brittney Griner
Points: 21

Rebounds: 10
Assists: 02
PPG: 20.7      RPG: 9.4        BPG: 2.0

Griner is one of the best bigs to ever play in the league and although people often comment about her size, she has a skill set that allows her to perform a lot of moves. She can get in both face-up and low-post positions, using moves like post-fadeaways, dropsteps, switch-hand layups, hooks, and many other moves to score, making her a highly-skilled offensive player. Her rebounding and shot-blocking make her an MVP-level player and most nights she is unstoppable.

Courtney Williams
Points: 17
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 02
PPG: 16.3     RPG: 6.4       APG: 4.2       SPG: 1.1
Courtney is a guard with a scoring mentality and leads the Dream in scoring. She has one of the most potent pull-up jumpers in the league and uses it in abundance. Williams is also an excellent rebounder, playmaker, and uses her athleticism and intelligence to create a lot of chances on offense.

Skylar Diggins-Smith
Points: 04

Rebounds: 02
Assists: 05
PPG: 18.5     APG: 5.3      RPG:  3.3      SPG: 1.0
Diggins-Smith is one of the best players in the league and her shooting arc is so high at times that the ball evades the broadcasting cameras. She also has a number of combo moves and a wonderful hang-time allowing her to finish inside. She is coming off a poor game versus Indiana but you can write her off at your own peril.

Tiffany Hayes
Points: 22
Rebounds: 08
Assists: 04
PPG: 14.3      RPG: 3.3        SPG: 1,6
The left-handed guard poses a ton of challenges defensively and has a lot of ways to overpower defenses. She is great at changing directions and can be effective both in fastbreak and half-court situations. She shoots 43.1% from three-pt range and chooses her shots carefully also using her athleticism to get to the line.

Diana Taurasi
Points: 11
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 06
PPG: 15.2        APG: 4.9       RPG: 4.4  
Taurasi is one of the best basketball players in the world at using her shoulders to create separation. She can use behind-the-back dribbles, hesitation moves, and scores in both isolation situations and off-the-ball. Diana can finish with either hand and can hit from way deep. However, she has struggled shooting-wise this season at 36.5%. Note that she is “doubtful” for this match-up.

Monique Billings 
Points: 12
Rebounds: 14 
Assists: 01
PPG: 7.6        RPG: 6.5      SPG: 1.2        BPG: 1.1
Billings likes to operate inside and leads Dream in rebounds. She has been in great touch for the last three games and has averaged 16 PPG, 10.3 RPG, and 2.7 BPG including two double-doubles in a row. 

Kia Nurse
Points: 19
Rebounds: 03
Assists: 02
PPG: 9.5       RPG: 3.5   

Odyssey Sims
Points: 06
Rebounds: 03
Assists: 03
PPG: 9.0     APG: 3.7        SPG: 1.3

Brianna Turner
Points: 08
Rebounds: 07
Assists: 03
PPG: 7.9      RPG: 9.4        BPG: 1.4

Elizabeth Williams
Points: 10
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 03
PPG: 5.7        RPG: 4.7      SPG: 1.1       BPG: 1.2

Sophie Cunningham
Points: 08
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 00
PPG: 5.2

Aari McDonald
Points: 00
Rebounds: 01
Assists: 02
PPG: 6.5

ATL Top Picks | Atlanta Dream Starting Five

PF: Monique Billings
SF: Tiffany Hayes
C: Elizabeth Williams
SG: Courtney Williams
PG: Odyssey Sims

Bench: Shekinna Stricklen, Chennedy Carter, Candice Dupree, Tianna Hawkins, Blake Dietrick, Aari McDonald, Cheyenne Parker.

Atlanta Dream Team News

  • Tianna Hawkins is questionable because of a back issue.
  • Crystal Bradford is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
  • Cheyenne Parker remains out for personal reasons.
  • Chennedy Carter is not going to play this season because of suspension.

Atlanta Dream squad: Shekinna Stricklen, Blake Dietrick, Elizabeth Williams, Courtney Williams, Monique Billings, Crystal Bradford, Chennedy Carter, Candice Dupree, Tianna Hawkins, Tiffany Hayes, Aari McDonald, Cheyenne Parker, Odyssey Sims.

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PHO Top Picks | Phoenix Mercury Starting Five

PF: Brianna Turner
SF: Kia Nurse
C: Brittney Griner
SG: Diana Taurasi
PG: Skylar Diggins-Smith

BENCH: Shey Peddy, Alanna Smith, Kia Vaughn, Megan Walker, Sophie Cunningham, Bria Hartley.

Phoenix Mercury Team News

  • Diana Taurasi is “doubtful” due to an ankle issue.
  • Alanna Smith is out indefinitely to an illness.

Phoenix Mercury Squad: Kia Nurse, Shey Peddy, Alanna Smith, Diana Taurasi, Brianna Turner, Kia Vaughn, Megan Walker, Sophie Cunningham, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Brittney Griner, Bria Hartley

Watch Atlanta Dream vs Phoenix Mercury Live Score And Streaming

The game can be seen on WNBA League Pass as Amazon Prime, which is broadcasting for India has no rights for the match. The post-match highlights can be enjoyed on WNBA’s official YouTube channel.

List of Channels to watch Atlanta Dream vs Phoenix Mercury Match

None. No official streaming in India.

Shubham Singh

Basketball is an intense sport and NBA has the most varied talents in the world. I like analysing basketball and uncover the nuances that dictate the game.

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